Aish Kodesh 05/06/10 Parshas Behar Bechukosai
Topics Five angry complaints
, Shimon Bar Yochai
, Mir Yeshiva
, balance in Yesod
, Irving Bunim
We know that we are supposed to keep talking about the Exodus the rest of year from the line in the Hagaddah: Anybody who increases the telling of the going out from Egypt is praiseworthy.
Shimon Bar Yochai: When he and his son emerged from the cave and they saw a man plowing his field, Shimon Bar Yochai caused the plow to burst into flame. They took off their clothes to keep them from wearing out and buried themselves in the sand to study Torah. Clothes are deception and sand is the profane/secular/ workday world. Being naked is being vulnerable. They were delving into the Torah in a pure and innocent way.
From the first of Elul to Yom Kippur is 50 days.
A regular Kohane can marry a widow but the Kohane Godol must marry a virgin.
If a person remarries, the children are not permitted to go to the wedding because their loyalties are split.
Shabbos observance trains us to make decisions during the rest of the week.
Recommended movie: Sugyhara.
The members of the yeshiva of the son of Rabbi Hoffman, the Mir Yeshiva, collectively memorized the Talmud. To escape Lithuania they needed four visas, and although they were headed elsewhere, they ended up in Shanghai. When they were to travel through Russia, their permits were good for only two days, so the Russians raised the train fare from $6 to $200. They had to raise $50,000 or die. They sent a telegram to America, where IRVING BUNIM raised the money in one day and got it to them. The Japanese treated their Jews very well because a financier by the name of JACOB SCHIFF gave them $200 million in 1904 to fight the Russians because he was disgusted by the pogroms. Then the Japanese signed a treated with Hitler which made them part of the Axis powers, and the Germs sent the Gestapo to Japan to kill Jews. Some of the Jews there were from Baghdad. The Japanese government notified the Jews and called for a meeting, which the Streimel rabbi attended. He said to them: read the books! Aryan does not mean yellow skin and slanty eyes; the Nazis will come after you. The Japanese believed him and protected their Jews. The Mir Yeshiva moved to Jerusalem at the end of the war and became the largest yeshiva. Henry Kissinger was there. Sugihara saved thousands of Jews.
BALANCE IN THE LIFE OF JOSEPH: Balance is Teferet and Joseph is Yesod.
1. When the brothers came to Egypt, he controlled his anger gave them a chance to do teshuva. He held back his tears, too.
2. With Potipharâs wife, Zulaika, he controlled himself. She was a prophetest, a priestest of On and worshiped One G*d. Because he modeled how a family can remain sexually pure in a promiscuous environment, Jews can remain in America, which is sexually permissive.
3. His sons balanced parnasa and Torah. Zulaika offered him status, money, religion. He chose Osnat, who was the child of shame (the birth the resulted from the rape of Dina by Shechem). He said to her: We have been kicked out of the same family and we have to correct the mistakes of our parents. This was the crowning achievement of Beresheit. The sons were collaborative with each other.
4. Joseph shed the arrogance of being the favorite son and being a victim; he recreated himself. It is very unusual for people to learn and grow in prison. A victim is always self-righteous.
PARSHA EMOR: Angry complaints in the heart toward G*d.
Recommended movie: Hurricane.
There are many lies told in the story of Joseph. The skinny cows eat the fat cows: bad memories eat good memories. This is Packman. The skinny cow of Joseph was when his brothers beat him up. Until then his father had protected him. The favorite child expects everyone to admire him.
The Blasphemer blasphemes the whole structure of Creation. The key piece was everyone leaning their hands on his head. This is the essence of Jews. Why tack this story on at the end of the holidays?
THE FIVE ANGRY COMPLAINTS:
#1 Death is the symbol of all the sadness in the universe. When we enter a cemetery we say G*d is the fair judge. What is fair about death?
We all die from the cumulative results of our mistakes.
The Jews in Auschwitz blew up a crematorium. This was witnessed by Jack Goldman and written about by Eli Weisel. One of the people executed was a little boy, who dangled for 24 hours while everyone had to stand and watch.
There were only four executions in Jewish history: the Magonafe, JC and two others.
The Blasphemer was the offspring of Shelomit and Datan, the Egyptian overseer. Miriam was also kicked out of the camp.
COMPLAINT #2: When the nations understand that G*d is the One, they will gather in the sukkah and HaShem will turn the heat up until it is unbearable and they leave, kicking the sukkah on the way out. Longing to do a mitzvah and being prevented. The Kohane with the blemish who is not permitted to serve. Miriam did not kick the sukkah on the way out. The Jewish people are the Blasphemer. The Jews were crying to be allowed on the train when Sugihara was leaving. In 1938 not one country would take Jews. That is not fair.
COMPLAINT #3: Relationships. Carrying baggage from past relationships into new relationships is not so good.
COMPLAINT #4: Damage to property.
COMPLAINT #5: Miss a deadline: the time to eat the korbon, interruptions in avoda. With a sub-complaint of accidents: the Kohane who had a wet dream could not serve in the Temple that day.
King David had the same story as Cain, the Magonafe, JC, Miriam. All of our excelling never seems to work. Using excelling to prove you are worthwhile. The story of JC is the story of the Jewish people.
SACRED FIRE, page 92, BâHar
The only way the light turns on is through our energy. We light up the heavens when we make a connection to G*d. [CIC]
The riots in Athens caused the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
The Sabbath year: all the nourishment comes from when we stop. This is our form of Tzimtzum.
We must fasten the anguish and bitterness and our longing to be saved and worship inside of ourselves for the rest of our lives and our children.
At the first seder they ate moror to integrate it, turn it into longings, goals. Turning resentment into longing is a process of making oneself vulnerable.
Rabbi Henoch Dov teaches in Denver, Colorado. You can contact him through his web page, www.RabbiHenochDov.com or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.